Troy Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Beating Wife with Bat

By Beacon Staff

A 36-year-old Troy man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole for a baseball bat attack that nearly killed his wife.

The Western News reports District Judge James Wheelis sentenced Joshua Peterson on Monday.

Peterson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in March as part of a plea agreement in which Lincoln County prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of 25 years in prison with seven suspended. Defense attorney L. Jason Bryan sought a sentence of 30 years in prison with 25 suspended.

Wheelis cited the extreme violence of the attack in handing down the 30-year term.

Peterson was initially charged with attempted deliberate homicide for the September 2013 beating that left Tracee Jo Peterson hospitalized for two months.

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